30 Pieces of Silver
by Carolyn McCray
My Rating: *** 3 of 5 starsBlurb from Goodreads: “Carolyn McCray’s 30 PIECES OF SILVER proves that Dan Brown’s crown is up for grabs. Part minefield and all roller-coaster ride, here is a story as controversial as it is thrilling. Hunker down for a long night because once you start this book won’t be putting it down.”
James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Doomsday Key
That’s right, 30 PIECES OF SILVER makes Brown’s Da Vinci look like a Sunday school lesson!
You have been warned!
30 Pieces of Silver is a very controversial religious thriller. The style is a bit similar to the DaVinci code in that the characters are on the search for controversial religious relics, and a secret society does not want the relics found. That’s it for the similarities though. 30 Pieces of Silver is very much it’s own story. The premise in 30 Pieces of Silver is forensic archeology natured, and definitely unique. The novel blends a touch of romance, action adventure, and dangerous situations together.
30 Pieces of silver is a compelling, brave, controversial novel that will leave readers contemplating possibilities long after the story has been read.
This review is not an easy one to write, as the book is highly controversial, my thoughts are a bit mixed. As I said earlier, 30 Pieces of Silver is a religious thriller. The characters are all in search of a discovery that could drastically change modern Christianity. I myself was raised with a very conservative Christian upbringing, and, while still Christian, I am now more progressive and have a pretty open-mind (I loved DaVinci code and had no problem with the religious implications at all). However, the assertions in 30 Pieces of Silver are very shocking and so outrageous that my comfort level was tested and pushed. In the end, whether I just did not believe the assertions or they were just too much for me, my impressions of the book were affected.
I loved the thrilling action and the depth created between the characters and their motivations, but the controversial religious assertions were a bit too controversial for my personal tastes. Even so, I still find myself thinking over the book and the assertions, definitely a thought provoking story. I must commend the author for creating such a memorable, standout novel.
Who would like this book: Readers who enjoy controversial or religious thrillers will enjoy this novel. 30 Pieces of Silver is thought provoking and exciting, a good read.
Who would not like this book: Readers who hold and value traditional Christian beliefs, or conservative readers will most likely not enjoy this novel.If you are interested in this book and would like to know more about the author, visit Carolyn’s website: http://carolynmccray.com/ Find 30 Pieces of Silver at: Amazon and Smashwords A large part of the appeal to 30 Pieces of Silver is the controversy. I really enjoy books that make me think. So, I’m wondering, what about you? Do you enjoy reading controversial books? What do you like/not like about these types of books?